Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On Monday morning I arrived at Gatwick airport from Zurich. It was very strange to be in an english speaking country, as I haven't been in one since I left Australia (although Malta almost counts)

I was looking online for a restaurant, and noticed I was very close to a vegan restaurant. I thought I would try it out, and it was delicious, and the stereotypical dreadlocked hippie softly spoken vegan waiter was nice (sorry Renee). There was a woman doing tarot card reading as that is obviously what happens in vegan restaurants so I tried her out. There was nothing groundbreaking and all the news was good, which is good, I think. I then went to pub where they had a guest psychic, so my first night in England was quite he astral one. The psychic was actually very good.

Tuesday I walked around the Thames and had a lazy day, then met my friend Gavin who was also playing the tournament. There I met another aussie Edward, and londoner Dominic. We went to chinatown which was really good as I've missed good asian food. We had chinese and then went to a few different bars, this would become the norm for my time in London.

Wednesday I went to Buckingham Palace where I saw my first London bobby, caught a glimpse of the changing of the guard and battled through throngs and throngs of tourists. The line was huge to go into buckingham palace and I couldn't be bothered, so I had lunch at a pub, which was a steak and ale pie. Next I went to the national army museum which showcased Britain's involvement in all wars since about 1600, it was fascinating and there was nice old uniforms on show.

Thursday I took the train to Oxford, which is only about 45 minutes away. Oxford is where Radiohead formed and also a big university town. It was charming and my only taste of countryside England while I was there. First I went to the museum of he history of science, which was very cool for me. There was old globes, old maps, astrolabes, telescopes, measuring equipment, chemistry instruments, and diagrams of the universe. Most interesting was a framed blackboard containing Einstein's actual chalk written theory of the size of the universe that students kept when he did a lecture in Oxford. Next I went to the Ashmolean museum, where I saw lots of old greek casts, near east artifacts and the like. When I got back to London, my posse had malaysian.

Next day I went to the imperial war museum, which had a huge array of tanks, missiles and other weapons from ww1 and ww2. Unfortunately I didn't take my ipad for photos, but Dad tou would have liked this. Later, I had vietnamese then went to the tennis registration party where there were again a few familiar faces. I had an early night.

Saturday morning I played my first match which was a total disaster and I degenerated to my old habits of shouting and banging my racquet on my head. I played better in doubles which usually seems to happen, and me and partner Patrick lost a very close match in a super tie break.

Sunday as I lost first round I played in the consolation singles where good Matt turned up and I won 8-0. I eventually made it to the semi finals and lost 8-4, but I was quite happy with how I played. Sunday evening was the dinner and players' party, where I had my first experience of very posh dining, where there was about 1 waiter to every 4 people.

Monday I had a quiet day as my legs were sore, but I managed to see the , a large old boat Tuesday night I met up with Gavin and co for one last meal of chinese buffet, before I went to a bar again and coincidentally was talking to Jean-Paul, a french guy who was to go to Paris on thursday. We arranged to meet on thursday night for him to show me around.

All in all I had a better than expected time in England, London is very organised and easy to get around i
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